Why I can NOT move to Italy……….

Of Course I love Italy, visiting any small town, village or city via train routes. Returning Home to Italy 2 or 3 times a year confirms with each visit, that I must spend time in Italy.  So why can’t I just pack up and move home?   I did this for my first 3 month ‘sabbatical’ inContinue reading “Why I can NOT move to Italy……….”

Italian contacts are like beads on a necklace ………………

 My Italian beads These are NOT the beautiful beads you find in Venice! Many people collect beads as a reminder of a place they visited, a special event or something they are fond of. I think of the wonderful Italians I meet in Italy or follow on line as my beads of Italy.    Many of myContinue reading “Italian contacts are like beads on a necklace ………………”

Just released, an Italian vegetarian cookbook by Ylenia Sambatii

Italian cuisine may be one of the most popular in the USA and if you are part of an Italian family you have enjoyed traditional dishes as well as special treats on holidays.  Although fresh vegetables are a mainstay in Italian cooking, a vegetarian diet is now achievable with the new book by Ylenia Sambatti: Continue reading “Just released, an Italian vegetarian cookbook by Ylenia Sambatii”

Pietre Dure: the art of hard stones

Florence offers a  view into the ancient art of Pietre Dure Not a painting.    Stone Art    Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure Via degli Alfani 78 – 50121 Firenze Perhaps more familiar are the artistic techniques of mosaic, using small pieces of cut stone or marquetry, applying pieces of wood veneer to form patterns and pictures,Continue reading “Pietre Dure: the art of hard stones”

Museum of the Liberation of Rome

    Museo storico della Liberazione, Rome  another unique experience to discover- beyond the tourist sites. The museum recording the liberation of Rome from the Nazi occupation is housed in a non descript apartment building not far from the Basilica of St John Laterna. Here you will find records of the Italian Resistance in 1944Continue reading “Museum of the Liberation of Rome”

Made in Italy, a guide to artisans throughout Italy

Made in Italy, by Laura Morelli We all may be arm-chair travelers this year, but we can still travel throughout Italy in the pages of Made in Italy.  Part Italian history lesson, part insider travel guide this compact volume takes your inside the towns and villages of Italy where traditional handmade traditions flourish. An award-winningContinue reading “Made in Italy, a guide to artisans throughout Italy”

Italy: closed for months but locals became very innovative!

         Italians Became Creative during the shut down Italians have stoically followed the directives of their regional governments to stay at home since early March and finally have started to return to what will become the new normal.   Some worker were able to tele-commute from home while  non-essential businesses, hotels, restaurants, cafes, museums,Continue reading “Italy: closed for months but locals became very innovative!”